Pouf! Magic.

Hey y’all!

So, I’ve been searching for something to add softness to our fireplace area for some time now.  Remember this bad boy?

My goals in doing this were to (1) break up that continuous sea of brown (ie: the floor and fireplace) with some brightness and pattern, and to (2) add more seating… all without obstructing the view of the fireplace (aka… my favorite feature in the house).

I’ve loved the idea of poufs ever since I first laid eyes on these magical creatures.   I mean, they’re like sophisticated bean bag chairs.  And nothing beats a bean bag chair…  I.mean.nothing.   Picture my child-self perched on a red vinyl bean bag chair in our basement, playing Super Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo system, jerking up the controller every time Mario jumps.  Because that helps. Totally. Not as much as actually jumping with Mario, but close. 😉

We still own a black bean bag chair that Joey’s parents gave to Lucas.  It’s currently in the hangout room, but seems to migrate around the house from time to time.   It’s casual cool.  I have to keep it.

Anyways, after searching for poufs for a while, I became pretty depressed.   They can be pricey.   Some at upwards of two hundred beans.  The cheapest I’d found was around 60 bucks a pop at Tarjay.   Still no drop in the bucket considering that I wanted two.  And keeping cost down is a must… With all of the larger reno projects we have going on (our pool renovation, the front door, vent cleaning, etc.) my “design budget” is practically nonexistent.

Then, one fateful day, I hit up Tuesday Morning and found a GREAT navy and white ikat-ish pouf for.. Wait for it… $24.99!!  Shut the friggin’ front door.

I asked an associate if they had a second pouf in stock but they didn’t.  Bummer.

So, what’s a girl to do when faced with this sort of dilemma??

Answer: Drive 20 minutes to another Tuesday Morning while crossing all appendages that she’s not too late.  Clearly.  😉

And it worked.

I powered through the aisles fully intending to take down any pouf-lover who got in my way frantically seeking out that blue and white ikat-esque goodness.  Which is when the skies parted and a ray of sunlight illuminated the pouf’s essence while a heavenly choir sang “I’ve Got That Loving Feeling” a la Maverick in Top Gun in the background.

Or maybe I just saw my new BFF, paid for him, and ran.  Whatever floats your boat.

I got my twin poufs home, rushed them to their new abode in front of the fireplace, and stepped back to admire as Lucas (a fellow pouf lover, apparently) immediately began smooshing his face all over them.  Love that kid.

And here they are strutting their stuff…

And yes, that plant is dying. I mean, duh.  #whereplantscometodie

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They’re exactly what I was going for…  They add crisp coziness to the fireplace area without taking away from it.  I love the cool, brightness of the colors against the warmer brown tones.  And the contrast in textures makes me happy.  Way to read my mind and totally accomplish my goals, poufs…  It’s like you have ESPN or something.   😉

Here’s the current view of the living room.   Slowly, but surely it’s coming together….

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And just for fun, here’s the before shot when we first got the keys to the house…

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Now, if I would just get over the “art paralysis” that’s taking place in my brain so I could get on that wall above the TV.   I have a few ideas, I just haven’t gotten around to trying them yet.   I also need to come to a decision on the coffee table.   Whenever I posted about our new rug, I received several sweet suggestions both on the blog and on Facebook to paint the coffee table anything from white to a bold color like green.   I’m leaning towards white, but until I’m fully certain, I don’t wanna mess with the original finish.   I’m letting it marinate, if you will.

So, anyways, another small tweak to add coziness to our space.   What tips do you have for adding coziness?

TDC Before and After
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How’s your vision?

Seriously… If you ever wonder about your eyesight, come on over and test it out…

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It’s a little difficult to photograph because of the reflection in the glass, but this art is still all that and a bag of chips if you ask me.   We found this cool vintage-inspired eye chart print at Urban Outfitters for $25, and couldn’t say no.   It came unframed, so we picked up a few of the largest Ribba frames the last time we were at Ikea.  Why do I say “a few” You ask??  Well, because we also picked up a second (different) print as well (not shown).   The original plan was to hang them on either side of the TV in the living room, but they just  didn’t look right once I finally got around to hanging them.

The living room’s loss is definitely the dining room’s gain, though….

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The print goes swimmingly in the space.   Size-wise, it’s the cat’s meow.   And stylistically, it’s the perfect compliment to the more organic, colorful painting on the opposite wall.  It has complimentary colors, but it doesn’t compete thanks to it’s more neutral palette.  Plus, it’s the first thing you see when you walk from the kitchen to the dining room…

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I love this view.

Well, aside from the view of out the window right now.  All of our patio furniture is currently pushed up against the house to protect it from the weather and pool-refinishing dust (Oh!  That reminds me… I actually remembered to take a close-up photo of the pool tile and added it to my last post.  Check it out here if you’re interested.).

Anyways, I’m completely loving this little new addition to the dining room. It adds a touch of quirkiness that I’m completely enamored of.  Super cool balance with everything else that’s currently going on.   I’m still on the look-out for a rug for the space, and am tossing around the idea of changing out the lighting fixture with something a little lighter visually.  We’ll see what the shopping gods bestow upon me.  Anything can happen, people!

I’m also still deciding on a spot for the second print we purchased, so I’ll keep y’all updated on that.  In the meantime, I’ve been working on a small project in the master bedroom to brighten things up.  I’d like to start the concrete countertop project for the wet-bar soon, but since I anticipate quite a bit of sanding dust, and Lucas is just getting over bronchitis with a touch of pneumonia, I need to wait.  Lucas’s health definitely comes first.  I mean, just look at this guy…

It was 80’s day at school when this lovely iPhone pic was taken.  Heehee!  This kid kills me.  I love him to the moon and back.   So, until (1) he’s 100% better and (2) he goes back to school so that he’s not in the house to breath in all that dust, that project will be delayed.  Next week is spring break, so it might be a few weeks until I get on that.   In other news, after 2 months of waiting we were supposed to have our front door installed today.   Unfortunately, Mother Nature struck again.  We had another snow storm last night, so Home Depot cancelled our installation and can’t get us back in for another 2 weeks.  Ugh.   We’re SO disappointed, but know that the wait will be worth it (Ihope).  So, anyways, I hope you guys have a great day!  What projects are you guys working on as of late?  Anything squashed by the weather as well??

TDC Before and After